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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff passes a police barricade as he arrives at court on March 12, 2009 in New York City Bernard Madoff (Mario Tama/Getty)

As recordings of Bernie Madoff’s prison interview begin to surface, New York Magazine contributing editor Steve Fishman talks about his exclusive conversation with the disgraced financier. Plus, the role of women in building democracy and breaking down barriers in the Middle East; WNYC political analyst Joyce Purnick on how Mayor Bloomberg manages relations with labor unions; an editor behind the deli counter; and Science 101 returns to talk about the stars.

Talking to Madoff

Steve Fishman, contributor to New York Magazine, talks about his exclusive interviews with imprisoned Bernard Madoff.

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Women in Democracy Building in the Middle East

Karima Bennoune, professor at Rutgers School of Law and a specialist on the democracy movement, women's rights and religious extremism in the Middle East, and Egyptian-born Leila Ahmed (author of the forthcoming book A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America), professor at Harvard Divinity School whose work focuses on women and religion in the Middle East, discuss the role of religion and women in reform in the Middle East.

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Bloomberg and Labor

WNYC political analyst Joyce Purnick, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, talks about Mayor Bloomberg's approach to labor relations.

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Deli News

Ben Ryder Howe, writer, former senior editor at The Paris Review and the author of My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Storewrites about his family's misadventure running a deli in Brooklyn.

Ben will be reading live this Friday, March 4th, at the Asia Society.

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Science 101: Astronomy

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Just 13% of eighth-graders were deemed proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.

Today's scientist is Mordecai Mark Mac Low, astronomer and chair of the division of physical sciences at the American Museum of Natural History.

Today: Astronomy

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